Trey Ragatz

Trey Ragatz

Work History

Work History
Jan 2012 - Present

Lead Artist

Council of Shadows

Lead artist for the Council of Shadows, and video game developer working on in game assets such as character designs, concept art, level creation, and in game assets.

Nov 2010 - Present

Professional Babysitter

Drawing with the Kids!!

I love babysitting and I am lucky to be working for awesome families.  I get paid well enough to pay for my art classes, my tools and even my travels.  The best part is that I get to do cool activities with the kids like, play video games, cook, and especially drawing!!

Sep 2009 - Jun 2011


Kamikazee Penguins

Kamikazee Penguins was my first attempt at a video-production company, with classmate Chris Ruiz.  We taught ourselves video editing, film production, directing and production crew management.  We also produced video projects for many classmates.

These are two of our many experimental weekend projets:

Jun 2011 - Jun 2011

Band T-Shirt Designer

DeWitt High School Band

I designed the 2011 band camp T-Shirt for the DeWitt High School Award Winning Band.

Feb 2011 - Jun 2011

Comic Strip Artist

DeWitt High School Newspaper

I created a weekly comic strip for the school newspaper using crazy school events as inspiration.

Mar 2011 - Mar 2011

Graphic Artist

Integrity Marketing Products

Integrity Marketing Products is a company that provides high production screen printing and embroidery equipment for promotion and marketing materials.  I created vector images for them.

Nov 2009 - Dec 2009


Interface Global Alliance

Documentary Camera man -- West Africa

I was a member of a feasibility study team to Equatorial Guinea, West Africa.  I did camera work for a documentary for Interface Global Alliance, a non-profit organization focusing on economic development through education.


Sep 2008 - Jun 2011

High School Diploma

DeWitt High School

I finished my high school requirements by Junior year and entered the dual enrollment program at Lansing Community College for my senior year



Video game development

Corel Painter

Character Concept Design

Adobe After Effects

Adobe Flash CS5

Passion for Video Games

Communication Skills

3D Studio Max

Sony Vegas



I am a young idealistlooking for amazing experiences!! My dream is to be part of an artistic team creating characters for a major video game and/or movie company.  I would also like to illustrate book covers, turn amazing stories into graphic novels and travel the world learning more about the trade.  I love working with a team of talented and capable individuals on great ideas.

World Experiences

I only have one life and I have a long list of things I want to do.  Besides working to improve my art every day, I:

  • have been on 4 continents. 
  • bought art supplies in an medieval art shop on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence
  • have climbed to the top of Mt. Vesuvius, in Pompeii
  • have sketched the gondolas under the Realto Bridge, in Venice
  • got jumped by angry pink pelican in the Island of Mykonos
  • I prayed to the Oracles of Delphi, in Greece
  • tossed 3 coins into the Trevi Fountain in Rome
  • ran through the Mussolini's Palace on the Island of Rhodes
  • stayed in a cliff top monastery in Meteora 
  • drank Turkish tea in a carpet store in the Grand Bazaar in Turkey
  • worshiped Athena in the Acropolis
  • chased pigeons in the Plaza Major in Madrid
  • walked the Great Wall of China
  • experienced the jungle for the first time in West Africa
  • stood among all the gods of Ancient Rome in the Pantheon
  • saw the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an
  • took a calligraphy class in Beijing
  • pretended I was Maximus Decimus Meridius in the Coliseum
  • took the obligatory picture at the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • filmed a documentary in West Africa
  • turned 18 in Shanghai
  • went to Day Glow in Cincinnati 
  • saw the biggest Buddha in the world in Hong Kong
  • love the infamous battered deep fried McDouble
  • climbed Pikes Peak in Colorado

Digital Portfolio


Digital Art Professor

Chad Bennett, 


Lansing Community College

High school Creative Mentors

Jeff Crowley


Talent Developer, Dewitt Creativity Group


Jason LaFay


Sociology and creative writing teacher

Phone: 517-668-3165

Eder DeLacruz

China Trip Adviser

Phone: 517-668-3164

Current Employer

Tashma Swanson

Phone: 517-898-3666


My Art